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Global Companies Join the Master in European Business Programme

French and Russian companies are becoming partners of the MEB programme, run by the HSE International Institute of Administration and Business (IIAB) and ESCP Europe. The programme was launched officially on September 9, 2013 in Moscow.

Master in European Business (MEB) is an English-taught practice-oriented programme for professionals in various fields who have no managerial education. MEB combines elements of a master’s and an MBA programme, with the focus on studying business cases and internships in leading European companies. The programme is accredited by three leading business school associations: international AMBA, American AACSB, and European EQUIS.

Cross-culturalism, mixing students from different countries in one group, education in various campuses of ESCP Europe and its partners, are all features of the MEB programme. It’s a one year course: one semester in a ESCP Europe partner university, and a second in one of ESCP Europe’s five European campuses (Paris, London, Madrid, Berlin, and Turin). And following that all students are required to complete an internship in an international company.

The first Russian students enrolled on the MEB programme in 2012. All the study took place in Europe, as there was no provision for classes at the HSE. But, starting this autumn, the Higher School of Economics welcomes both Russian and international participants of the MEB programme. Students from Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, and Poland, have registered for the Moscow semester. Their average age is 27-28. Professors from the HSE faculties of Management, Economics and Business Informatics will lead the courses.

Since the MEB programme is run in close cooperation with the business community, an Expert Council has been created as part of the HSE IIAB. It includes representatives of leading FMCG companies (Danone, Mars, Lactalis Vostok, Veolia, Pernod Ricard Rouss, L’Oréal), energy companies (GDF Suez, Schneider Electric, Air Liquide, EDF, Total), industrial companies (Alstom, Renault, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Michelin, Saint-Gobain), banking and service companies (BNP Paribas, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Ernst&Young, TPA Axis), as well as Russian companies Sberbank CIB and Severstal. In 2012 to make this cooperation possible, the Higher School of Economics became a member of the French-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Students from Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, and Poland, have registered for the Moscow semester.

The opening ceremony in Moscow was attended byEdouard Husson, Dean of ESCP Europe,Pascale Martin Saint Etienne, Director of the MEB Programme, as well as business people and representatives of the French Embassy in Russia.

‘We are going to expand our Expert Council with Russian companies’, said Irina Maltseva, Director of the HSE IIAB, ‘It will be interesting for our international students who want to know more about how Russian business and the Russian markets work. We are asking business representatives, in addition to supplying cases, to make suggestions on how to improve the MEB programme, to tell us what they think of the teaching and programme contents, and to conduct weekly master classes for our students. I believe this cooperation will be mutually beneficial and will help the HSE strengthen its positions in global university rankings’.

Oleg Seregin, HSE News Service
Photos by Pavel Ososov


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